Questions tagged [copyright]

A legal concept intended to protect the intellectual property rights of authors and artists by making unauthorized copying a civil or criminal offense.

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How do I copyright my website?

My website has been in development for a long time and cost a lot of money. How do I go about securing an enforceable copyright on my website design and what is the proper way to post a copyright ...
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Website content copied - How can I prove that I wrote it?

One of our competitors constantly copies all our website content. Now, I assume the trouble is to proof that we wrote the content first and that it is not the other way round. I checked on http://www....
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Is it important to show the current year alongside my (c) Copyright symbol?

Should I update the copyright notice every January? as in © ACME Corp 2011 I'm not asking about how or whether to claim copyright at all (that is dealt with here), but whether the year has ...
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Is it legally problematic to use the same WordPress theme as my competitor?

I want to purchase a WordPress theme from ThemeForest, however, it is used by a competitor. Can they make a formal complaint that I have copied their site even though the theme is publically ...
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Add copyright notice to a website

I want to add a copyright notice to a website I created. Something like (c) Me 2010. All rights reserved. I am aware that everything written by someone is automatically copyrighted (if I'm not ...
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Can I remove the footer copyright from a bought website theme?

I'd like to know if it's legal to remove the footer copyright from a website theme, in this specific case a Wordpress theme. I've modified the header and the menu, created a logo for the site and put ...
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Can CSS be copyrighted?

I know CSS on a website is protected under the website's copyright since it is considered part of the overall design. I also know that images used in CSS are copyrightable. How about when CSS is used ...
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How to deal with overly aggressive “Link Take Down Demands”?

I've been receiving a large number of emails recently requesting I clean from link spam from my forum. Initially the emails were very polite and professional, and I was happy to remove the links. ...
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How should creative commons attribution for images be shown?

Clicking through from Flickr to the CreativeCommons.org definition for "Some Rights Reserved" you find that you can reuse an image as long as you provide attribution. If we want to use the image in a ...
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Is in-line linking (hot linking) photos and videos OK on my website, or is it unfair to the site which hosts them?

I am interested in hearing the community's thoughts about "in-line linking". That is, the act of embedding photo/video/written content into a particular website via code, such that a website can ...
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Legal standing for a copyright notice placed by prior web developer? (long backstory)

Let's say a prior web developer placed a copyright notice on a website in the web developer's and not the client's name. The prior web developer has been hostile and actually took the site down for ...
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Website “theft” - what is the best way of dealing with these individuals?

I was doing a duplicate content search on the web for our site content and found that someone has downloaded/mirrored our entire website and is hosting it on a subdomain of their own main domain. When ...
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Can I use product images from official websites?

I would like to promote some laptop products. For example Lets say Acer Laptop. Am I allowed to copy image from that website and use it in my website? I'm promoting their products. So its not ...
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SEO ranking when copying content from other website with permissions

I have a website which I started recently, with this website I have partnered with many other websites who have agreed to let me copy and use thier content on my site for link exchange. So in this ...
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User Upload of Images & Copyright Issues

I have a hand-coded site. I just started working on a strategy that will allow users to integrate their images and drawings into the site. The problem is that I know users will start uploading images ...
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How much of your content needs to be copied before you can file a DMCA complaint?

I run a blog with a number of articles, and I noticed that there are a few sites out there that have copied the articles, or parts of articles. Where they have copied an entire article, I understand ...
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Are copyright notices really required?

Ever since I made my first web page 13 years ago I have followed the pattern of showing a copyright notice in the footer of each page. Over the years the format of this notice has changed in the ...
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Does having an old copyright date on a website have any negative SEO impact?

In that a client feels having an old copyright date displayed in the footer across a site will have a negative SEO impact? My opinion is that it should make very little difference SEO wise and should ...
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Legal information on a website

I'm in the process of re-developing my website. We're currently a non-monetary website, funded entirely by ourselves, but we'd like to start earning some money from adverts and possibly paid content. ...
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Redesigning foreign website for my portfolio and offer it?

I've had an interest in web design for a long time and am constantly trying to learn something new. I do not have any references in my portfolio, but would like to start freelancing. Is it bad ...
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Photos being copied all over the place

We have a rather popular website with plenty of photos. Our whole business depends on our content - and the photos are important in this. We invest a lot of time, effort, and money into taking these ...
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Copyright word or symbol

After reading this post I was wondering which is best to use for websites out of the following, Copyright © 2010 "COMPANY" © 2010 Copyright 2010 Also, if we license everything we produce ...
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Website copyright- Should I use my name or the website's name

If possible, I'd like to know whether to use my name or the website's name when making the copyright notice for my website. I read here that when I add a copyright notice to my website I should ...
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Should I patent a web application before launching it?

While discussing a website idea I had with friends and worked on it, they told me to be wary of theft regarding the website. Since the code I'd be working on would be mostly JavaScript and HTML, the ...
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Rss legal issues

I know it is illegal to post full articles of a website on yours beacuse of copyright. Is it legal to post the rss feeds of a website on your website?
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Who's to blame for copyright content, webmaster or site/business owner?

If I upload content that is clearly a violation of copyrights am I legally responsible for such content or is it only the owner of the site and business?
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How does delicious.com avoid being sued for copyright infringement?

With the recent redesign of delicious.com, they've added a much more graphical home page. The site continues to be a service for people to bookmark and share websites they come across on the web. The ...
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Does a DMCA takedown require you to prevent the same file from being uploaded again?

If I allow users to upload media (images, videos, etc.) and I get a DMCA takedown notice for a specific file, do I have to prevent users from uploading that same file in the future?
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How should copyright notices be formatted on websites?

What is the correct format for including a copyright notice in the footer of a web site? I have seen many variations, including: © Cool Businessname 2015 © 2015 Cool Businessname Copyright © Cool ...
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Putting altered social media logo icons on my website, can I get sued?

I would say most websites with a somewhat thought-through graphical design use social media icons (i.e Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc) which are altered to fit the theme and design of the site. Now, ...
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I've read many books and became an expert in a subject area - would it be a copyright infringement if I share my knowledge on my blog?

Let's say I've read many books and became an expert in a subject area. If I share my knowledge on my blog with details and start to earn some money, would I infringe upon the copyright of these book ...
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Is there a service available to help continuously check for plagiarism online?

We have a website with several thousand pages and it is frequently copied elsewhere; we'd like to know when and where this takes place to so we can make sure we are attributed correctly.
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Can embedding a content from another website be considered as a violation of copyright law?

I would like to embed a content from another website (a webcam object) to my website. Can it be considered as a violation of copyright law? Both my website and the embedded are within EU. There is no ...
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Can you be sued for using publicly used images on a blog without copyright permission?

Lets say I write a blog post about the new Batman movie or a the new Grand Theft Auto game and i decide to use the boxart/poster or a wallpaper as the main image for the blog post, can I be sued for ...
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Images in blog posts

I see a lot of blogs (coding horror for example) that seem to feature random pictures in the entries. Would I be correct in saying they probably didn't seek permission to use those images? What are ...
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Reporting Copied (Stolen) Product Descriptions to Google

If a competitor copies your unique product descriptions on an eCommerce site, what is the proper way to report the copied content to google? Do you have to take different action for Web Organic search ...
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Help! How to deal with Mirror Sites

Someone sneakily copied part of the contents on our website and made a mirror website that looks almost like ours! This will be real confusing for many people and I am worrying this will lead to many ...
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How biggest website like Facebook, YouTube, Imgur, StackOverFlow prevent from legal copyright issues?

I have planed to build a image sharing website like Imgur. Users can upload images and others can vote them. The problem what I face is, what happen users upload others copyright photos? In other ...
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Photos - do I really need to look for the author and ask his permission when posting them on my site?

When I find a photo somewhere on the internet, without any explicit information of whether I can re-publish it on my own website, without any hint of who is the owner/author of that photo, can I still ...
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We've had our content copied under a different URL - why and what do we do?

We have a problem. We've noticed a large amount of traffic showing up on our Google Analytics. Upon further investigation we have found that we've had our content copied under a different URL. Our ...
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Blatant copyright theft

Found a user on the forum trying to solicit business for his website, a good user reported it and I checked the website out. Firstly and most dangerously it's attempting to sell our original software,...
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Would it be wrong to register a local domain (.ro) which has the same name as a famous forum .com?

Let's say there is a niche forum called HowToChopOnionWithoutCrying.com (I'm making it up, of course) and it's in English. And I want to create a similar forum in Romanian, registering ...
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What's the legal way to stream music online?

It's really hard getting a definite answer on this so I'm going to ask it here. Is there a legal way to stream new music on a website without getting artist consent first. There seems to be a lot of ...
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If someone takes a photo of my product and posts it on the web do I have the right to use it on my website?

If someone takes a photo of my product and posts it on the web do I have the right to use it on my website?
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Spam site re-proxying my site, how do I stop this?

So there's some guy out there duplicating my http://bitlucid.com website in some nonstandard way and for some nefarious reasons. I first found out about it when I saw a "copy" spam url in the logs ...
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Am I allowed to link to the movie posters from IMDB?

I am planning on making a site that deals specifically with movie trailers. I would like to know if I am allowed to link to the movie posters from imdb and display them on my site. I am mainly ...
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Responsibility in case of copyright infringing user-submitted content

Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but it seemed like one of the better options. Example here. Say, I have an online library where users can submit e-books and PDFs they created. All fine ...
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What is the proper way to send a DMCA to a hosting company?

Someone copied my entire website and is hosting it at a domain name similar to ours. That website's content is copyrighted to the website which we have been running for years. Each and every image, ...
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Will a “report” feature on a user generated content website satisfy copyright owners?

I am looking to start a site that will allow users to upload videos and other content. However, I'm worried about copyright. I was wondering if I add a report feature and a way to take the content ...
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Why should we keep the copyright year on websites static?

Not a major issues, just a small thing that bugs me. In so many websites and applications, when scrolling down to the footer, you see the year and it's not the present year (2015). Why not auto-...